News Release

German Research Network Deploys New Generation Cisco 12016 GSR Routers for First Internet2 Project in Europe

Scalable Solution Ensures IP Network Future, Protects Existing Investment
Dec 13, 1999

LONDON, UK, Dec. 13, 1999 - Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced that the first component of its new 12000 Terabit System, the Cisco 12016 GSR router, is being deployed by German research network Deutsches Forschungsnetz (DFN). DFN is implementing a new IP-based network, known as G-WiN, in Spring 2000 and has identified the Cisco 12016 GSR as the solution to its need for a significantly-expanded infrastructure that can meet growing customer demand for capacity. This high-profile network will provide a state-of-the-art communications platform for research, science, education and culture activities throughout Germany, providing high speed access links to more than 700 institutions around the country. International links with other networks, including the European research network plus others in the USA, Russia and the People's Republic of China, will continue to be operated and developed.

G-WiN will consist of ten Cisco 12016 GSR core routers, each one with SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) connections of up to STM-16c to at least two other core routers. Sites deploying links to the core network will be connected via either Cisco 12008 GSR routers or Cisco 7500 access routers - placed in 29 locations around Germany, and re-deployed from the exiting network. Access lines to the G-WiN core network will range from 128Kbps up to STM-4c (extending to STM-16c by 2001). DFN also plans to implement Class-of-Service capability across G-WiN in the near future.

The new network will replace DFN's existing IP over ATM network, known as B-WiN. "This network will have reached its limit by next year," explains DFN's managing director Klaus Ullmann. "We are seeing a large increase in multimedia traffic and new, more complex applications - overall user traffic has increased by a factor of about 2-3 year on year since its implementation in 1996. Our users are also beginning to demand differentiated service levels, driven by Quality of Service metrics. Following careful analysis at our Erlangen University laboratories, this new network, based on the new Cisco 12016 GSR routers, has been designed to meet these needs - both in terms of functionality and capacity."

"DFN's deployment of this new generation of Cisco router technology enables it to ensure long-term network scalability, reliability and speed for its users, yet protect existing investment in GSR technology thanks to full linecard compatibility," comments Richard Brandon, Solutions Director, Cisco Systems Service Provider Line of Business, EMEA. "In common with many other network providers, DFN has had to rise to the challenge of handling more and more converged traffic on the network, plus user demand for new applications and services - the Cisco 12016 GSR meets this challenge, in a fast, quality-driven environment. The DFN network is an exciting project, and we are pleased to continue our established relationship with the organisation in this way".

Cisco 12000 Terabit System

The system is designed to provide highly scalable, robust IP network backbone infrastructures for service providers and carriers. By supporting optical technologies such as Dynamic Packet Transport (DPT) which simplify and streamline the network's function, the Cisco 12016 router contributes to reduced operating costs for carriers. Greater revenue opportunities are also made possible as a result of its wide-range support for new services and business models (e.g., Class of Service, Multicast and MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching).

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